Last pilot season, the cast of the new series Superior Donuts was led by Jermaine Fowler (also an executive producer) and Brian d’Arcy James (Something Rotten!). CBS subsequently ordered a re-pilot of the show about the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, Arthur, and his young employee, Franco (Fowler), requesting casting changes and new characters.
Deadline reports that Darien Sill-Evans and Anna Baryshnikov have now been cast as regulars in the multi-camera comedy. Sills-Evans will play James, a police officer and regular at the donut shop; he replaces James Earl from the original pilot. A new character, Maya, a grad student who makes the donut shop her study corner, will be played by Baryshnikov (the daughter of famous dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov).
The cast also includes Maz Jobrani, David Koechner and Rell Battle. The series is set to be written and executive-produced by Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan and Bob Daily based on the original play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts.
The original stage version premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago in 2008. It bowed on Broadway in 2009, starring Michael McKean and John Michael Hill (who earned a Tony nomination for his performance).
Check out photos from the Broadway production: